Action Centred Learning

Experiential learning as elucidated by David Kolb, the well-known American educational theorist and Psychology professor, is the process or having a real lifelike experience and then through reflection forming personal conclusions on what will work for you. His well-known and widely used model has four steps:

What ever happened to Microsoft and Nokia? Leadership Lessons

The recent announcement that Microsoft is purchasing Nokia for some £4.6bn/ $7.2bn was for many not a surprise. With a former Microsoft leader, Stephen Elop heading Nokia these last couple of years it was perhaps inevitable that the two would come together. After all one of his first strategic moves was to sacrifice Nokia’s beloved Symbian software and move to Microsoft’s Windows Phone.

The value of facilitation skills for HR and other professionals

Facilitation is an important skill set that everybody has to some degree of proficiency. However to be able to apply it to achieve results with different groups of managers requires having both a good tool kit of techniques and a good understanding of when and how to intervene. These enable the facilitator to have the appropriate impact in helping the group or unit or department produce valuable results. It is a valuable additional weapon for the armory of HR professionals especially when they are stepping into a business partnering role.

How easy is HR to do business with?

On a recent visit to Finland to deliver a leadership program I took the opportunity to call in to see a number of other clients. An interesting fact cropped up. Three of the four companies I visited had recently restructured their HR function. In all three cases the dotted line relationship between the HR Vice President at head office and the HR Directors and Managers at business unit and country level was being replaced by a solid line. The local and regional HR professionals were now reporting directly to their functional head and no longer to the line of business manager.